III WORLD CUP (FRANCE 1938)

FINAL STAGE — GAME DETAILS

(From 4-06-1938 to 19-06-1938)

 

 

FIRST ROUND

STADIUM: Parc des Princes (Paris)

DATE: 4-06-1938 (18:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 27.152

REFEREE: Jean Langenus (BEL)

GOALS: 0-1 (Gauchel 29’); 1-1 (Abegglen 43’)

[Incidents: Opening game of the World Cup. Pesser was sent off (min. 96).]

SWI

Schweiz / Suisse

Switzerland - Germany

Deutschland

GER

1-1 (1-1;1-1)

SWITZERLAND

Huber

Minelli (c), Lehmann

Springer, Vernati, Lörtscher

Amadò, Wallaschek, Bickel, Abegglen, G. Aeby

COACH: Karl Rappan

GERMANY

Raftl

Janes, Schmaus

Kupfer, Mock (c), Kitzinger

Lehner, Gellesch, Gauchel, Hahnemann, Pesser

COACH: Sepp Herberger

GAME SUMMARY

Although it might look quite the opposite from the modern point of view, Switzerland were heavy favorites in this game against Germany. The Swiss team was coached by Karl Rappan, who introduced in modern football the defensive strategy known as verrou (bolt), which later on gave origin to the Italian catenaccio. On the other hand, Germany were not in a good shape and, taking advantage of the recent annexation of Austria by the Nazis, selected as many as eight internationals from this country.

 

Although Germany dominated most of the match and scored first through Gauchel, a defensive error just before halftime led to the equalizer, when Amadò’s cross was headed by an unmarked Abegglen. No new goals in the second half or in extra-time (when Pesser was sent off after kicking Minelli), so the winner had to be decided on a replay five days later.

 

FIRST ROUND

STADIUM: Vélodrome (Marseille)

DATE: 5-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 18.826

REFEREE: Alois Beranek (GER)

GOALS: 1-0 (Ferraris 2’); 1-1 (Brustad 83’); 2-1 (Piola 94’)

[Incidents: The referee of this game, Herr Beranek, was an Austrian citizen before the “Anschluß” (annexation of Austria by Germany on March 13, 1938).]

ITA

Italia

Italy - Norway

Norge

NOR

2-1 (1-0;1-1)

ITALY

Olivieri

Monzeglio, Rava

Serantoni, Andreolo, Locatelli

Pasinati, Meazza (c), Piola, Ferrari, Ferraris

COACH: Vittorio Pozzo

NORWAY

Johansen

Johannessen, Holmsen

Henriksen, Eriksen (c), Holmberg

Frantzen, Kvammen, Brynildsen, Isaksen, Brustad

COACH: Asbjørn Halvorsen

GAME SUMMARY

Italy took an early lead when Johansen couldn’t hold a low shot and Ferraris netted the deflected ball. However, the rest of the game was dominated by Norway and, although Olivieri kept the advantage of his team with some acrobatic saves, Brustad equalized within the last ten minutes of the game. The Norwegian left winger could have given the victory to his team moments later, but his goal was disallowed for offside. In the extra-time, Johansen again failed to hold a shot and Piola scored the winner.

 

FIRST ROUND

STADIUM: Stade Olympique de Colombes (Paris)

DATE: 5-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 30.454

REFEREE: Hans Wüthrich (SWI)

GOALS: 1-0 (Veinante 1’); 2-0 (Nicolas 11’); 2-1 (Isemborghs 19’); 3-1 (Nicolas 69’)

[Incidents: FIFA tallies the second French goal in minute 16 and the Belgian goal in minute 38.]

FRA

France

France - Belgium

België

BEL

3-1 (2-1)

FRANCE

Di Lorto

Cazenave, Mattler (c)

Bastien, Jordan, Diagne

Aston, Heisserer, Nicolas, Delfour, Veinante

COACH: Gaston Barreau

BELGIUM

Badjou

Paverick, Seys

Van Alphen, Stijnen (c), De Winter

Van den Wouwer, Voorhoof, Isemborghs, Braine, Buyle

COACH: Jack Butler

GAME SUMMARY

Only 45 seconds after kick-off, Veinante scored the first goal for hosts France after receiving a pass from Nicolas. In minute 11, it was Nicolas himself who was assisted by Delfour to make it 2-0 with a close-range shot. Although Isemborghs reduced the difference in minute 19 scoring from Voorhoof’s free kick, midway the second half Nicolas again secured the French victory after receiving the ball from Aston. The most outstanding man in this match was Raoul Diagne, the first black player to be capped by France.

 

FIRST ROUND

STADIUM: Vélodrome Municipal (Reims)

DATE: 5-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 9.091

REFEREE: Roger Conrié (FRA)

GOALS: 1-0 (Kohut 14’); 2-0 (Toldi 16’); 3-0 (G. Sárosi 25’); 4-0 (Zsengellér 30’); 5-0 (Zsengellér 67’); 6-0 (G. Sárosi 88’)

[Incidents: In FIFA and other sources, there is a slight difference in the scoring time for the six goals (the most striking of which are for the fourth and fifth goals, in minutes 35 and 76, respectively).]

HUN

Magyarország

Hungary - Dutch East Indies

Nederlands-Indië

DEI

6-0 (4-0)

HUNGARY

Háda

Korányi, S. Bíró

Lázár, Turay, Balogh

Sas, Zsengellér, G. Sárosi (c), Toldi, Kohut

COACH: Alfréd Schaffer

DUTCH EAST INDIES

Tan Mo Heng

Samuels, Hu Kon

Anwar, Meeng, Nawir (c)

Taihuttu, Pattiwael, Zomers, Soedarmadji, Tan Hong Djien

COACH: Johannes van Mastenbroek

GAME SUMMARY

In the first real World Cup mismatch, Hungary showed no mercy with unexperienced and amateur Dutch East Indies (later Indonesia). The Hungarian attackers found no real challenge in this game, and practiced their shot and skills for future and more demanding games.

 

FIRST ROUND

STADIUM: Chapou (Toulouse)

DATE: 5-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 6.707

REFEREE: Giuseppe Scarpi (ITA)

GOALS: 0-1 (Bindea 35’); 1-1 (Socorro 44’); 2-1 (Magriñá 69’); 2-2 (Baratki 88’); 3-2 (Magriñá 103’); 3-3 (Dobai 105’)

[Incidents: FIFA credits Socorro with the last Cuban goal.]

CUB

Cuba

Cuba - Romania

România

ROM

3-3 (1-1;2-2)

CUBA

Carvajales

Barquín, Chorens (c)

Arias, Rodríguez, Berges

Magriñá, Fernández, Socorro, Tuñas, Sosa

COACH: José Tapia

ROMANIA

Pavlovici

Bürger, Chiroiu

Cossini, Răşinaru, Raffinsky

Bindea, Kovacs (c), Baratki, Bodola, Dobai

COACH: Alexandru Săvulescu

GAME SUMMARY

A newcomer in the World Cup, Cuba had qualified as representative of the North/Central America region after Mexico dropped out. Although Bindea scored first for Romania, Socorro equalized from Magriñá’s cross just before halftime. In the second half, a goal by Magriñá after a mistake by Romanian goalkeeper Pavlovici gave Cuba an unexpected lead, but just when the Caribbeans thought they had booked a ticket for the next round Baratki equalized with only two minutes to go. In extra time, Magriñá scored again for Cuba, but once again the islanders were denied by a Dobai’s goal, so the game had to be replayed four days later.

 

FIRST ROUND

STADIUM: Stade de la Meinau (Strasbourg)

DATE: 5-06-1938 (17:30 h)

ATTENDANCE: 13.452

REFEREE: Ivan Eklind (SWE)

GOALS: 1-0 (Leônidas 18’); 1-1 (Scherfke [p.] 23’); 2-1 (Romeu 25’); 3-1 (Perácio 44’); 3-2 (Wilimowski 53’); 3-3 (Wilimowski 59’); 4-3 (Perácio 71’); 4-4 (Wilimowski 89’); 5-4 (Leônidas 93’); 6-4 (Leônidas 104’); 6-5 (Wilimowski 118’)

BRA

Brasil

Brazil - Poland

Polska

POL

6-5 (3-1;4-4)

BRAZIL

Batatais

Domingos da Guia, Machado

Zezé Procópio, Martim (c), Afonsinho

Lopes, Romeu, Leônidas, Perácio, Hércules

COACH: Adhemar Pimenta

POLAND

Madejski

Szczepaniak (c), Gałecki

Góra, Nyc, Dytko

R. Piec, Piątek, Scherfke, Wilimowski, Wodarz

COACH: Marian Spoida

GAME SUMMARY

Unlike in previous editions of the World Cup, this time Brazil gathered a competitive team with plenty of talent. Although the 21-year-old Wilimowski scored four goals for Poland, the offensive power of Brazil was just too much for the Europeans. In general, attacks overcame defenses in this game, so the final score showed an incredible 6-5 for the South Americans. Leônidas, Romeu and Perácio seemed to have put Brazil on the winning track before halftime, but a hat-trick by Wilimowski in the second half forced the extra-time.

 

FIRST ROUND

STADIUM: Stade de la Cavée Verte (Le Havre)

DATE: 5-06-1938 (18:30 h)

ATTENDANCE: 10.550

REFEREE: Lucien Leclercq (FRA)

GOALS: 1-0 (Košťálek 93’); 2-0 (Zeman 111’); 3-0 (Nejedlý 118’)

CZE

Československo

Czechoslovakia - Netherlands

Nederland

NED

3-0 (0-0;0-0)

CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Plánička (c)

Burgr, Daučík

Košťálek, Bouček, Kopecký

Říha, Šimůnek, Zeman, Nejedlý, Rulc

COACH: Josef Meissner

NETHERLANDS

Van Male

Weber, Caldenhove

Paauwe, Anderiesen, Van Heel (c)

Wels, Van der Veen, Vente, Smit, De Harder

COACH: Bob Glendenning

GAME SUMMARY

Although Czechoslovakia should have had little trouble with a Dutch team deprived of its leading scorer Beb Bakhuijs and reduced to ten useful men in the second half by Van der Veen’s injury, Netherlands was closer to win the game during regulation. In extra-time, Košťálek scored from long range and Czechoslovakia got the break they needed to secure their place in quarterfinals.

 

FIRST ROUND

STADIUM: Stade de Gerland (Lyon)

DATE: 5-06-1938

ATTENDANCE:

REFEREE:

GOALS:

[Incidents: Game scheduled but cancelled before the beginning of the competition because Austria had been annexed into the German Third Reich on March 12, 1938.]

SWE

Sverige

Sweden - Austria

Österreich

AUT

[CANCELLED]

 

FIRST ROUND — TIE-BREAK

STADIUM: Parc des Princes (Paris)

DATE: 9-06-1938 (18:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 20.025

REFEREE: Ivan Eklind (SWE)

GOALS: 0-1 (Hahnemann 8’); 0-2 (Lörtscher [o.g.] 22’); 1-2 (Wallaschek 42’); 2-2 (Bickel 64’); 3-2 (Abegglen 75’); 4-2 (Abegglen 78’)

SWI

Schweiz / Suisse

Switzerland - Germany

Deutschland

GER

4-2 (1-2)

SWITZERLAND

Huber

Minelli (c), Lehmann

Springer, Vernati, Lörtscher

Amadò, Abegglen, Bickel, Wallaschek, G. Aeby

COACH: Karl Rappan

GERMANY

Raftl

Janes, Streitle

Kupfer, Goldbrunner, Skoumal

Lehner, Stroh, Hahnemann, Szepan (c), Neumer

COACH: Sepp Herberger

GAME SUMMARY

As in the original game, Germany took the lead but couldn’t keep their advantage. In minute 8, Huber’s save pushed the ball out to the German right, and when the cross came in, Hahnemann sidefooted it across a covering defender. Later, Neumer’s shot hit the far post and went in off Lörtscher’s leg to make it 2-0. With Georges Aeby stretchered off due to a head injury, Switzerland looked helpless in the hands of Germany. However, Wallaschek scored before halftime and then Bickel equalized in the second half with a lobbed ball. Two new goals of Abegglen sealed the Swiss victory and their passport to quarterfinals.

 

FIRST ROUND — TIE-BREAK

STADIUM: Chapou (Toulouse)

DATE: 9-06-1938 (18:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 7.536

REFEREE: Alfred Birlem (GER)

GOALS: 0-1 (Dobai 35’); 1-1 (Socorro 51’); 2-1 (Fernández 57’)

CUB

Cuba

Cuba - Romania

România

ROM

2-1 (0-1)

CUBA

Ayra

Barquín, Chorens (c)

Arias, Rodríguez, Berges

Magriñá, Fernández, Socorro, Tuñas, Sosa

COACH: José Tapia

ROMANIA

Sadowski

Bürger, Felecan

Bărbulescu, Răşinaru, Raffinsky

Bogdan, Moldoveanu, Baratki, Prassler, Dobai (c)

COACH: Alexandru Săvulescu

GAME SUMMARY

Both teams introduced some changes in their line-up with respect to the original game, the most striking of which was that of goalkeeper Carvajales for Ayra in the Cuban team, considering that the former had been one of the best players in the first game (in fact, the reason why Carvajales didn’t play this game was the invitation he received to broadcast the match on the Cuban radio). Romania took the lead before halftime when Dobai scored assisted by Bogdan, but soon after the restart the Cuban center forward Socorro restored parity. The Caribbeans continued their offensive, and some minutes later Fernández made it 2-1 for Cuba. Although the Americans had several opportunities during the remaining time to secure victory, in the last minutes they were forced back to defend the desperate Romanian attacks and produce the first surprise of the championship.

 

1/4 FINAL

STADIUM: Stade Olympique de Colombes (Paris)

DATE: 12-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 58.455

REFEREE: Louis Baert (BEL)

GOALS: 1-0 (Colaussi 9’); 1-1 (Heisserer 10’); 2-1 (Piola 51’); 3-1 (Piola 72’)

ITA

Italia

Italy - France

France

FRA

3-1 (1-1)

ITALY

Olivieri

Foni, Rava

Serantoni, Andreolo, Locatelli

Biavati, Meazza (c), Piola, Ferrari, Colaussi

COACH: Vittorio Pozzo

FRANCE

Di Lorto

Mattler (c), Cazenave

Bastien, Jordan, Diagne

Aston, Heisserer, Nicolas, Delfour, Veinante

COACH: Gaston Barreau

GAME SUMMARY

The current World Cup champion, Italy, stunned hosts France in a game that was decided in the second half, when the insistent local attack allowed Piola too many spaces. Italy had taken the lead early in the first half after Colaussi capitalized on a blunder by Di Lorto, but almost immediately Heisserer equalized for France. The Italians held their shape in front of a hostile crowd, until two second half goals by Piola (the first a cross-shot and the second a header) sent the Italians into the semifinals and brought disappointment to the French fans.

 

1/4 FINAL

STADIUM: Parc Lescure (Bordeaux)

DATE: 12-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 22.021

REFEREE: Paul von Hertzka (HUN)

GOALS: 1-0 (Leônidas 30’); 1-1 (Nejedlý [p.] 65’)

[Incidents: In a very violent game, Zezé Procópio (min. 14), Machado (min. 44), and Říha (min. 44) were all sent off.]

BRA

Brasil

Brazil - Czechoslovakia

Československo

CZE

1-1 (1-0;1-1)

BRAZIL

Walter

Domingos da Guia, Machado

Zezé Procópio, Martim (c), Afonsinho

Lopes, Romeu, Leônidas, Perácio, Hércules

COACH: Adhemar Pimenta

CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Plánička (c)

Burgr, Daučík

Košťálek, Bouček, Kopecký

Říha, Šimůnek, Ludl, Nejedlý, Puč

COACH: Josef Meissner

GAME SUMMARY

The inaugural match at the brand new Parc Lescure stadium turned out to be a rather ill-tempered affair, in what later became known as the notorious “Battle of Bordeaux.” After Zezé Procópio was sent off for a wild tackle on Nejedlý early in the first half, the game deteriorated into a vicious kicking match. Apart from the three players who were sent off (Zezé Procópio, Machado and Říha), Plánička fractured his right arm, Nejedlý had a broken right leg and Košťálek injured his stomach on the Czech side, whereas Leônidas and Perácio were also badly injured for the Brazilians. Fights broke out at regular intervals during all the game, with even non-playing team members becoming involved.

 

As for the game itself, Brazil showed their attacking intentions from the onset. In spite of the early expelling of Zezé Procópio, the South Americans continued creating more danger in the Czech area, and just after the half hour mark a combination Romeu-Perácio-Leônidas ended up with the latter netting the first goal. After the restart, with Czechoslovakia reduced to ten men and Brazil to nine as a result of two more expellings at the end of the first half, the game was constantly interrupted by fouls. Midway the second half, the Europeans were awarded a penalty kick after a challenge by Domingos da Guia, and Nejedlý equalized from the spot. No more goals were scored in regulation and the ensuing extra-time, so the winner of this match had to be decided on a replay two days later.

 

1/4 FINAL

STADIUM: Victor Boucquey (Lille)

DATE: 12-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 14.800

REFEREE: Rinaldo Barlassina (ITA)

GOALS: 1-0 (G. Sárosi 40’); 2-0 (Zsengellér 90’)

HUN

Magyarország

Hungary - Switzerland

Schweiz / Suisse

SWI

2-0 (1-0)

HUNGARY

Szabó

Korányi, S. Bíró

Szalay, Turay, Lázár

Sas, Vincze, G. Sárosi (c), Zsengellér, Kohut

COACH: Alfréd Schaffer

SWITZERLAND

Huber

Stelzer, Lehmann

Springer, Vernati, Lörtscher

Bickel, Abegglen (c), Amadò, Wallaschek, Grassi

COACH: Karl Rappan

GAME SUMMARY

After two hard-fought matches against Germany, Switzerland was left without two key players for this game: their captain Minelli and Georges Aeby. Once György Sárosi put Hungary ahead before halftime with a ground shot, the Swiss were constantly frustrated by the Hungarian defense and couldn’t get past the wall of Korányi and Sándor Bíró, the best full-back pair of the tournament. Things got even worse for the Swiss, who were reduced to only ten players after Springer left the pitch due to injury. In the last minute, Zsengellér secured victory for Hungary with a powerful shot.

 

1/4 FINAL

STADIUM: Fort Carré (Antibes)

DATE: 12-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 6.846

REFEREE: Augustin Krist (CZE)

GOALS: 1-0 (H. Andersson 9’); 2-0 (Wetterström 22’); 3-0 (Wetterström 37’); 4-0 (Wetterström 44’); 5-0 (Keller 80’); 6-0 (H. Andersson 81’); 7-0 (Nyberg 84’); 8-0 (H. Andersson 89’)

[Incidents: Cuba was reduced to ten men in minute 41, when Arias had to leave the game due to injury (no substitutions were allowed at that time on international games). Fernández missed a penalty shot (min. 42), saved by Abrahamsson.]

SWE

Sverige

Sweden - Cuba

Cuba

CUB

8-0 (4-0)

SWEDEN

Abrahamsson

Eriksson, Källgren

Almgren, Jacobsson, Svanström

Nyberg, Jonasson, H. Andersson, Keller (c), Wetterström

COACH: József Nagy

CUBA

Carvajales

Barquín, Chorens (c)

Berges, Rodríguez, Arias

Ferrer, Fernández, Socorro, Tuñas, Alonso

COACH: José Tapia

GAME SUMMARY

Sweden, who had been bye in the previous round after the withdrawal of Austria, easily cruised into the semifinals following a clear victory over Cuba, thanks to a double hat-trick by Harry Andersson (on his international debut) and Wetterström. Cuba was handicapped by an injury to Arias, who had to leave the pitch on minute 41. With a score of 3-0 down, the Caribbeans had a slight chance of coming back when the referee conceded them a penalty, but Abrahamsson saved the shot of Fernández.

 

1/4 FINAL — TIE-BREAK

STADIUM: Parc Lescure (Bordeaux)

DATE: 14-06-1938 (18:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 18.141

REFEREE: George Capdeville (FRA)

GOALS: 0-1 (Kopecký 25’); 1-1 (Leônidas 57’); 2-1 (Roberto 62’)

BRA

Brasil

Brazil - Czechoslovakia

Československo

CZE

2-1 (0-1)

BRAZIL

Walter

Jaú, Nariz

Brito, Brandão, Argemiro

Roberto, Luizinho, Leônidas (c), Tim, Patesko

COACH: Adhemar Pimenta

CZECHOSLOVAKIA

Burkert

Burgr (c), Daučík

Košťálek, Bouček, Ludl

Horák, Rulc, Senecký, Kreuz, Kopecký

COACH: Josef Meissner

GAME SUMMARY

Almost brand new line-ups in both teams for this replay game after the infamous “Battle of Bordeaux” two days earlier, which left many ineligible players after expellings and injuries. This time the game was cleaner that its precedent. After Kopecký opened the score midway the first half, Brazil overturned the Czech advantage after halftime, with goals by Leônidas and Roberto. However, just before the Brazilian winner, the Europeans could have taken the lead again when a shot by Senecký was saved by Walter and the ball appeared to cross the goal line.

 

1/2 FINAL

STADIUM: Vélodrome (Marseille)

DATE: 16-06-1938 (18:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 33.000

REFEREE: Hans Wüthrich (SWI)

GOALS: 1-0 (Colaussi 51’); 2-0 (Meazza [p.] 60’); 2-1 (Romeu 87’)

ITA

Italia

Italy - Brazil

Brasil

BRA

2-1 (0-0)

ITALY

Olivieri

Foni, Rava

Serantoni, Andreolo, Locatelli

Biavati, Meazza (c), Piola, Ferrari, Colaussi

COACH: Vittorio Pozzo

BRAZIL

Walter

Domingos da Guia, Machado

Zezé Procópio, Martim (c), Afonsinho

Lopes, Luizinho, Romeu, Perácio, Patesko

COACH: Adhemar Pimenta

GAME SUMMARY

Following a bruising quarterfinal match against Czechoslovakia, Brazil was left without their star striker Leônidas for this game. Italy, growing into their game, challenged Walter in the first half, but it was after halftime when Colaussi netted a right-wing cross and Meazza made it 2-0 by converting a penalty made by Domingos da Guia. When Romeu scored from Perácio’s corner in the dying minutes of the game, it was already too late for Brazil to come back.

 

1/2 FINAL

STADIUM: Parc des Princes (Paris)

DATE: 16-06-1938 (18:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 20.155

REFEREE: Lucien Leclercq (FRA)

GOALS: 0-1 (Nyberg 1’); 1-1 (Jacobsson [o.g.] 19’); 2-1 (Titkos 37’); 3-1 (Zsengellér 39’); 4-1 (G. Sárosi 65’); 5-1 (Zsengellér 85’)

HUN

Magyarország

Hungary - Sweden

Sverige

SWE

5-1 (3-1)

HUNGARY

Szabó

Korányi, S. Bíró

Szalay, Turay, Lázár

Sas, Zsengellér, G. Sárosi (c), Toldi, Titkos

COACH: Alfréd Schaffer

SWEDEN

Abrahamsson

Eriksson, Källgren

Almgren, Jacobsson, Svanström

Nyberg, Jonasson, H. Andersson, Keller (c), Wetterström

COACH: József Nagy

GAME SUMMARY

Although Nyberg opened the score in a counterattack only 35 seconds into the game, Hungary came back after Zsengellér’s header was deflected into his own goal by a Jacobsson. After that, the Scandinavians had no answer to the superb attacking display of the Magyars, with a natural-born finisher like Zsengellér and a scoring center forward like György Sárosi. Titkos and Zsengellér gave Hungary a comfortable 3-1 before halftime. After the restart, György Sárosi made the fourth goal with a header, and near the end Zsengellér completed the thrashing.

 

PLACES 3-4

STADIUM: Parc Lescure (Bordeaux)

DATE: 19-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 12.500

REFEREE: Jean Langenus (BEL)

GOALS: 0-1 (Jonasson 28’); 0-2 (Nyberg 38’); 1-2 (Romeu 44’); 2-2 (Leônidas 63’); 3-2 (Leônidas 74’); 4-2 (Perácio 80’)

[Incidents: Patesko missed a penalty shot (min. 48).]

BRA

Brasil

Brazil - Sweden

Sverige

SWE

4-2 (1-2)

BRAZIL

Batatais

Domingos da Guia, Machado

Zezé Procópio, Brandão, Afonsinho

Roberto, Romeu, Leônidas (c), Perácio, Patesko

COACH: Adhemar Pimenta

SWEDEN

Abrahamsson

Eriksson, E. Nilsson

Almgren, Linderholm, Svanström (c)

Jonasson, Persson, Nyberg, H. Andersson, Å. Andersson

COACH: József Nagy

GAME SUMMARY

After missing the semifinal against Italy, Leônidas came back to the Brazilian team and scored twice to secure the third place for his team and finish as the tournament’s top scorer, with 7 goals.

 

After dominating most of the first half with their favorite interpassing game, Brazil was surprised on the counterattack by Sweden, who scored twice with goals by Jonasson and Nyberg. Brazil pulled one back just before halftime, when Romeu finished some good work by Perácio. Two more goals of the Brazilian top scorer Leônidas and a last one by inner left Perácio did justice to the team who posed more danger in this game.

 

FINAL

STADIUM: Stade Olympique de Colombes (Paris)

DATE: 19-06-1938 (17:00 h)

ATTENDANCE: 45.124

REFEREE: George Capdeville (FRA)

GOALS: 1-0 (Colaussi 6’); 1-1 (Titkos 8’); 2-1 (Piola 16’); 3-1 (Colaussi 35’); 3-2 (G. Sárosi 70’); 4-2 (Piola 82’)

ITA

Italia

Italy - Hungary

Magyarország

HUN

4-2 (3-1)

ITALY

Olivieri

Foni, Rava

Serantoni, Andreolo, Locatelli

Biavati, Meazza (c), Piola, Ferrari, Colaussi

COACH: Vittorio Pozzo

HUNGARY

Szabó

Polgár, S. Bíró

Szalay, Szűcs, Lázár

Sas, Vincze, G. Sárosi (c), Zsengellér, Titkos

COACH: Alfréd Schaffer

GAME SUMMARY

Hungary was handicapped before the final due to the absence of their tough full-back Korányi, injured during the semifinal. Only six minutes into the game, Italy took advantage of a defensive disadjustment in the Magyar squad and Colaussi, completely unmarked in the penalty area, finished off a cross from the right. Although Titkos equalized almost immediately with a high shot at the near post, Italy was dominating the game and the ever dangerous György Sárosi was being neutralized by Andreolo. Only the Hungarian wingers carried any threat for the Italian defense, and they didn’t see enough of the ball. Piola, always opportunistic, snatched the rebound when Szabó fumbled a shot by Ferrari, and hit the post with a powerful left-footer. Moments later, Piola didn’t miss his chance and put Italy ahead after netting a cross by Meazza. Colaussi scored his second goal ten minutes before halftime, and Italy went to the locker-room with half the final in their pockets.

 

In the second period, Italy decreased even more the tempo of the game, and used Biavati’s pace on the counterattack. György Sárosi gave some hope to Hungary when he scored from close range, but Piola secured the Italian victory with a ground shot from Biavati’s cross. After the game, the captain Giuseppe Meazza received the World Cup trophy with a fascist salute.

 

 

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